There’s much more to golf than improving your swing and perfecting putting. Yes, there’s always that primal instinct of sport – the challenge and exhilaration of competition, whether you’re watching or playing. Then there are those who simply enjoy a hit, inhaling the fresh air, soaking up the scenery, exercising the body and brain – socialising, eating… drinking. In absoluteness, the ultimate day of golf goes beyond the greens to which this column observes the neurological receptors, the gustatory and olfactory senses of both amateur and professional golfers all over this planet. We take a cross section of the golfer’s stomach and we probe the visual, the tactile, the fine motor controls of pleasure, going where no golfing publication has been before, right to the dopamine receptors and intestines of – the Golfer’s Palate.
And our very first interviewee is:
Andrew Cormie – Club Member of Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Amateur Handicap 18
Which Golf Club 19th Hole (bar, beer, wine list, food) has impressed you the most?
Loch Lomond Golf Club, spike bar and men’s changing room. www.lochlomond.com
Where is the most memorable meal (restaurant) you have had on a golf trip?
Wildings Restaurant, Turnberry, Scotland; fantastic local seafood. http://www.wildingshotel.com/restaurant.php
Where have you dined recently (restaurant) that impressed you?
Flouch’s in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia www.flouchs.com.au
Do you have a favourite regular restaurant?
Tea House, China Town, Melbourne. http://teahouseatchinatown.com.au/
Do you cook at home and is there a dish you have perfected?
Beef Bourguignon and BBQ anything.
Do you enjoy wine? What wine are you drinking at the moment?
Epis Pinot Noir or Redesdale Estate Cabernets depending on what is on the menu.
Have you had a new wine discovery lately – new region, variety or style?
Rediscovered old Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne’s www.tahbilk.com.au
What is the most enthralling golf course you have played on, in terms of dramatic scenery?
Loch Lomond Golf Club www.lochlomond.com
What is the most memorable golf holiday or destination you have been on?
Touring Chang Mai with the Singapore Lager and Golf Society.